NYPD blues

Salon's coverage of the conflict over police brutality in Rudy Giuliani's New York

By Salon Staff
Published April 7, 2000 5:42PM (EDT)

The lethal shooting of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo by four New
York Police Department officers in February 1999 became Exhibit A evidence
that perhaps Mayor Rudy Giuliani's programs to make the city's streets
safer had gone awry. A year after the killing, the officers responsible for
Diallo's death were acquitted on all charges in an Albany state court.
Civil rights activists have protested the verdict, and now the Justice
Department may file a civil rights case against the officers. Bookmark this
page to follow Salon's full coverage of the Diallo case.

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